top of page

Stay Safe Online: How Seniors Can Spot Phishing Emails

Updated: Mar 18

The internet is a fantastic tool for staying connected, learning new things, and even shopping from the comfort of your home. But just like the real world, there are a few things to watch out for online, especially when it comes to emails. Phishing scams are a common tactic where scammers try to trick you into revealing personal information or clicking on malicious links.

This guide will equip you with the knowledge to spot these fake emails and keep your information safe.


Who's the Sender?


The first thing to check is the sender's email address. Legitimate companies will almost always use an email address that ends with their company domain name (e.g., "paypal.com" or "@mcafee.com"). Be wary of emails from generic addresses like "@gmail.com" or "@hotmail.com" claiming to be from a bank, credit card company, or other official organization. 


Sample scam email: Netflix
Sample scam email: Netflix

Grammar Gremlins and Typos


Think twice before clicking on anything in an email riddled with typos and grammatical errors. Reputable companies take pride in professional communication, and their emails will be well-written and free of mistakes.


Beware - Sense of Urgency or Panic


Phishing emails often try to create a sense of urgency or panic. They might tell you your account is about to expire, there's been suspicious activity, or you're eligible for a prize you never entered. These tactics pressure you into clicking on a link or button within the email.


Sample Phishing Email: Buttons with urgency
Sample Phishing Email: Buttons with urgency

Safe Clicking Habits


Remember, legitimate companies will never ask you to confirm personal information or update account details through a link in an email. If you're unsure about an email, never click on any links or attachments, simply delete it.

By following these simple tips, you can stay safe from phishing scams and protect your valuable personal information.


Check out our class on Fake vs Real email by clicking here.

150 views4 comments

4 Comments


Thank you for shedding light on such a crucial topic! With cyber threats becoming increasingly sophisticated, it's empowering to have a guide tailored for seniors to navigate the digital landscape safely.

Like

Great information - very important to be aware of!

Like

Shalini Gupta
Shalini Gupta
Mar 16

Very helpful!

Like

Great information and great presentation!

Like
bottom of page